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Meanwhile David Coverdale is thinking about snakes…

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Who better to personify anthropomorphic Victoriana than a bunch of guys who had been in Deep Purple? The Butterfly’s Ball, and the Grasshopper’s Feast was a 19th Century poem, that was adapted into a children’s picture book by Alan Aldridge. My sister had this book when we were growing up and the gorgeously baroque and psychedelic (and not a little creepy) art was the sort of thing you could lose yourself in, much like the work of Kit Williams and Mike Wilks. However, I’ve only just discovered that there was an album based on the book,masterminded by Purple bassist Roger Glover, who roped in a bunch of fairly famous mates, including Ronnie James Dio, who appears as “Froggy” on the single Love Is All.

A live concert followed and Youtube evidence suggests that there were at least as many people on stage as there were in the audience and there are multiple shots of Twiggy being all ethereal and famous. Why don’t musicians go for this sort of large scale whimsy anymore? Where are the 21st century equivalents of The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony, Consequences, or that jazz rock version of Peter and The Wolf? It’s either the fault of punk, or Robert Fripp and his “small, mobile, intelligent units”. DAMN YOU FRIPP!

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